WE ARE THE VILLAGE
“It Takes A Village So We Became One”
Community Based Organizations and town leaders have teamed up with mentors and volunteers to serve urban youth located in the greater New Haven area ages 10 to 18. Our goal is to ensure the safety, health happiness, and meet the needs of all youth within the greater New Haven areas.
Located at 21 B Pershing Street in Hamden Connecticut, The Village is a safe: secure space for youth to learn, grow and develop.
Extracurricular activities are a great way for youth to participate in a safe and productive environment when the school day has ended. That time after school is filled with ample opportunities for youth to continue their development. Getting involved in activities is shown to help children be more extroverted and responsible.
What We Do
Our goal is to be a one stop shop for the youth. Not only providing a safe space for them to come hang out and interact with other youth but to be the resource center to meet all of their needs. Whether it be clothes (we will have a clothes closet), food, etc.… Our focus is to impact the life of every youth we encounter Physically, Socially and emotionally.
In 2020 Founder and CEO of “We are the Village” Melissa Atterberry – Jones recognized a pressing need for a youth after school programming within Greater New Haven communities. For many of these youth, an after-school program is their only opportunity to get help with homework, take part in extracurricular activities, learn life skills and socialize outside of school. Melissa reached out to local leaders and influencers in the community to ensure the support systems were in place. Operating under a lens of empathy this program adopted the Mantra, “It takes a Village So We Became One.”
“We are the Village”
Envision an afterschool refuge where youth can get their basic needs met. Youth that participate in the afterschool program can expect to focus on:
Gaining skills in interpersonal dynamics
Fostering healthy relationships
Substance abuse & tobacco prevention
Diversity/ Equity/ Anti-Racism Trainings & Workshops
Arts & Music
Health & Fitness
Job searches/interview readiness
Gun violence prevention
First time home buyers’ program
Social emotional learning and much more…